Managing Mobile Crane Hazards

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Construction Safety Council

Summary Statement

A presentation reviewing the major safety risks mobile cranes pose for operators and workers around them and how to reduce those risks. It is designed for site supervisors or safety representatives.

The following was presented , in part, at the Construction Safety Council's 13th Annual Construction Safety Conference & Exposition, February 2003, in Rosemont, Illinois.

This presentation is recommended for the site supervisor or safety person. Workers around cranes - laborers, carpenters, supervisors - are at more risk than crane operators are for deaths or injuries. Whether you are a crane rental service, a general contractor, or a company whose employees sometimes work around cranes, you have responsibilities. Critical topics include selection of a crane, daily inspections, communication between site management and the crane operator, and supervision of the crane operator. Also covered are basic crane components and their functions, hazards associated with crane operations, and regulations that address the hazards.

Table of Contents

Crane Selection, Site Review & Set-Up
Hazards of Working Around Cranes
Mobile Crane Inspection